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Beautiful: The Carole King Musical is at the Academy of Music March 22nd - April 3rd. (WPVI)

Carole King is a multi-Grammy award-winning, song-writing legend who just received a Kennedy Center honor in December, and now her biography is being shared on a national Broadway tour that stops at Philadelphia's Academy of Music.

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical tells the inspiring true story of King's meteoric rise from teenage songwriter to super stardom.

"Basically her story is kind of the story of rock n roll," says Broadway Philadelphia Programming Director Frances Egler, "She was a piano and songwriting prodigy that grew up in Brooklyn and her mother always wanted her to be a classical pianist."

Egler says the show tells the story of how King found her own voice, "It starts out with her as a kid in high school in Brooklyn, writing songs, to meeting Gerry Goffin, who was her creative partner and also her husband."

The soundtrack for the production is the slate of chart-topping hits Carole King has written.

"Songs like Locomotion and Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow to You've Got a Friend and the whole album of Tapestry," and Egler says the songs that served as the soundtrack for a generation are designed to not only entertain, but also educate the audience.

"It's basically telling the story of her life through her songs," she says, "it's also a show that helps multi-generations sort of learn about the history of rock music."

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical is at the Academy of Music March 22nd - April 3rd.
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